Shopping in Lisbon

Wondering where to buy English books, clothes, food and cameras? Get a load of the following sexy locations in Lisbon that just might be useful.

English books

FNAC, Rua Nova do Almada, 104-110, Chiado

FNAC is great for music, photographic equipment, computers, concert tickets, mobile telephones and also for English books. If you need something new to read or need a travel guide in English or a Portuguese dictionary, FNAC is a great place to start. You might pay for the privilege of books in your language but at least you can get something.

Another store that has a good range of English books (novels) is Livraria Bertrand which is located on Rua Garret 73 in Chiado. This bookshop was opened in 1773 and so has a bit of history. You can also buy English-language magazines here.


Mercado da Ribeira

Av 24 de Julhio, Cais do Sodre

A great atmospheric fruit, vegetable and fish market. Great if you are self catering. Not so good if you are looking for furniture.

Mercado da Carcavelos, Caravelos

Thursday mornings

Rambling market selling clothes and sundries.


Manuel Tavares

Rua da Betesga, 1A, Baixa

A one-hundred year old shop with a mouth watering selection of chocolate and cheese.

El Corte Ingles

Av Antonio Augusto de Aguiar

Upmarket Spanish department store that can be slightly snooty but with a fantastic food hall where you can buy gourmet foods, organic items, a great range of fruit and vegetables and very fresh fish.

Pingo Doce

A national supermarket where you can buy fruit, vegetables, fresh meat, toiletries, beer and wine and everything else you’d usually expect to find in a supermarket.


Being a capital city, Lisbon has its fair share of designer brands and snoothy boutiques. Chiado seems to house most of these. If you are on a budget or lack imagination (only joking) then there are central branches of Zara, H & M, Mango and Bershka.

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